Jim Cymbala believes that God plays "favorites" with churches, blessing some more abundantly than others, giving them greater peace, joy, and power for ministry. The Church God Blesses is a book about refusing to settle for less than God wants for your church. Jim Cymbala shares what he has learned, sometimes painfully, about building a church that God is blessing-not a church that has it all together or one that never makes mistakes or one that rarely encounters problems, but a church that daily experiences God's empowering presence.
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God Is Searching for Churches to Bless---not a church that has it all together or one that never makes mistakes or one that rarely encounters problems, but a church that daily experiences Gods empowering presence
Jim Cymbala has served as pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle for more than forty years. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, The Church God Blesses, When Gods People Pray, Fresh Faith, and Spirit Rising. He lives in New York City with his wife, Carol, who directs the Grammy Awardwinning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Cymbalas have three children and eight grandchildren.
Stephen Sorenson along with his wife, Amanda, heads Sorenson Communications in Black Forest, Colorado. He has written and edited numerous books.
Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle and author of previous Christian
blockbusters such as Fresh Faith and Fresh Power, and Sorenson, editor and
head of Sorenson Communications, offer a refreshing return to some fundamental
values of Christianity. Church leaders are reminded to "put on" the clothes
of righteousness from Colossians 3:12-14 (compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience) and wear them outwardly. Cymbala examines the
message, method and motivation of the Apostle Paul, as an early church leader
obviously blessed by God. However, Cymbala provides no clear definition of the
term "blessing" that would place it in a context for the modern church.
References to Satan as a "ceaseless adversary" and to spiritual attack are
frequent. Not only is the terminology evangelical, but so is the general tone,
including judgmentalism about "the extreme sexuality common in much of the
fashion industry" and the "self-centered, comfort-zone lifestyle." The text
is comprised mainly of examination of Scripture passages and exhortation, but
lacks significant interpretation and uses some clich s of the pastoral trade
(e.g., "fleshly" instincts and "breakout" power). Intermixed with this are
memorable personal stories from Cymbala's experience, including
demon-possessed squatters, an addict who was sexually victimized at a boarding
school and an African missionary whose blood led to the conversion of a
resistant tribe. Although this is not up to the standard of his earlier works,
Cymbala's message is encouraging and uplifting, including answers for
spiritual hunger and demand for honest Christian examination. (Mar.) Forecast:
While this is clearly not on par with Cymbala's Gold Medallion-winning books
such as Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, it should still sell well in the Christian
market; the first book in the series, The Life God Blesses, has been holding
steady on the CBA bestseller list since November. Copyright 2002 Cahners